Frequently Answered Questions

The primary emphasis of San Carlos Youth Baseball and Softball is on education, skill development, participation for all levels of ability and most of all, having fun!

 

Frequently Asked/Answered Questions

Q: My child has never played before and I’m concerned that the age division may be too advanced. Can I enroll my child in a younger division?

A: Our age divisions are suited for all skill levels and our coaches will help children develop at their own pace. Your child’s skills will be assessed during our evaluation process by our coaches and other experienced members of our Board. If we feel your child may be at risk or would be better suited in a younger division, you will be notified at that time or immediately after the evaluation and before team drafts. If you are still concerned, when registering your child you many note your concerns in the “comments” section or contact us at SanCarlosBabeRuth@gmail.com Our aim is to ensure that every player has a safe experience while learning and enjoying the game.

Q: What ages determine tee/coach pitch, machine pitch and kid pitch?

A: Our T-Ball division (ages 3-5) primarily uses the tee but may incorporate some coach pitch as players become more experienced. Our Rookie division (ages 6-8) uses machine pitch. Kid pitch begins in our Minors division (ages 8-10).

 Q: I registered my child for the upcoming season. Now what do I do?

A: Please keep a copy of your registration for your records and keep watching our website and emails for upcoming dates and other important announcements.

Q: Does my child have to tryout?

A: Yes, for players league age 7 and up (6 years old wishing to play up) which entails a short skills assessment where the coaches will watch your child hit, run, throw and catch (pitch if they are a pitcher, or wish to be one). This process is to aid the coaches during the draft process and to evenly balance the teams.

Q: What happens if my child cannot make it to the player evaluation?

A: Please let us know as soon as possible if your child is unable to attend the evaluations or missed their assigned time by emailing SanCarlosBabeRuth@gmail.com

Q: What equipment will I need to have for my child to play?
A: Your player needs a fielder’s glove, helmet and baseball shoes (cleats). Some players find batting gloves to be helpful. The League furnishes a team jersey, pants, belt (if needed), and hat.

Q: What size bats are allowed?

A: All bats used in Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken leagues (i.e. SCYBS l) must be marked with the new USA stamp and comply with the barrel size for the respective division. Barrel size may not exceed 2 ¼ inches for the T-Ball division and 2 5/8 inches for the Rookie division and above. Babe Ruth 13-15 USA Stamp or BBCor.  16-18YO only BBCor -3 bats allowed.  No other bats may be used. All new bat rules can be found at https://www.baberuthleague.org/bat-rules.aspx.

Q: How will I be notified what team my player is assigned to and when will practice start?
A: After tryouts (7-16 YO) and once the teams have been formed, you will be contacted by your new team manager to which your child has been assigned. There will be a Kickoff/meet your coach meeting prior to the first week of practices.  Our Website will have information on the schedule of events when the team selection process is completed. Practices usually start once the teams are set and players notified.

Q; Will my player get equal and fair play time

A: Yes, SCYBS has minimum play requirements and guidelines for rotating players, based on divisions, so everyone plays.

Q: Are their pitching limits and guidelines for players

A: Yes, SCYBS follows the pitch smart guidelines and has local league rules that limits the number of innings a player can pitch in a week, so everyone gets a chance to learn to pitch.

Q: When are the games?
A: During the spring, games are on Monday-Saturday (Older divisions might not play every Saturday). Practices are scheduled 2 days a week until games begin. All teams can expect two games a week except for T-Ball.  T-Ball is one day a week, usually on Saturday mornings.  Game schedules will be posted on the website and on the siplay app.

Q: I want to be a Coach, assistant coach or team parent. How do I volunteer?

A: Register in siplay as a manager or coach. Note that all volunteers must complete a background check prior to the season’s start. We are ALWAYS in need of more volunteers to help run the league so if you’re interested or have questions please email us at SanCarlosBabeRuth@gmail.com

Q: How does the fundraiser work?
A: Participation in the fundraiser is required. We will have more information at the Kickoff meeting.
Q:  Can my player play up an age group?

A:  After registering in the 'age' appropriate division, an email must be sent SanCarlosBabeRuth@gmail.com requesting that your player be transferred to a higher division.  Approval of request will be at the sole discretion of the SCYBS Board. If approved, any difference in registration fees will be required.

Q:  Can siblings play together?

A:  Siblings within the same division will be placed together.  If requesting a younger sibling with an older sibling and they aren’t age appropriate for the division, board approval is required. After successful registration, an email must be sent to SanCarlosBabeRuth@gmail.com  requesting that your younger player be transferred to a higher division. If approved, any difference in registration fees will be required  

Q: When does the Babe Ruth Baseball / 16U Softball season start?

A:  The BR baseball and softball and 16U game schedules start later than the 15 and under programs; following the completion of the school season. Games traditionally begin late-May/early-June and run through late-July. Dependent on the number of registered players, SCYBS may implement a tryout/selection process for teams at this level. Preseason practices may begin for the BR program beginning in mid/late-April.

 

DIVISION STANDARDS
Cal Ripken Baseball Division Ages 4-12
T-Ball: Players 3-5 years learn hitting and fielding fundamentals in a supportive team environment. Young athletes hit the ball from a batting tee which is height –adjusted for a level swing, batting in order through the lineup for the entire game.
Coach Pitch/Machine: Designed primarily for ball players 6-8, this division makes use of a pitching machine to allow for more hittable balls at the plate and more action in the field, while avoiding the fear of being hit by a pitched ball.
Minor: Recommended for ball players ages 8-10(11 YO that hasn’t played before) . Players build and refine their fundamental skills while beginning to understand game strategy and teamwork. In most regions, participants first experience post-season tournament competition in this level.
Major/70: Recommended for players ages 10-12. Featuring a 50’ pitching distance and 70’ base paths, this is an option to current league format, and still includes a tournament trail from district competition through World Series.

Babe Ruth Divisions Ages 13-18 (available based on player sign-ups)

13-Year-Old Prep: Babe Ruth League introduced this prep league-comprised of teams with only 13-year-old players-to foster more participation in the game for this age group. This league offers the 13-year-old player the assurance to play without age intimidation and the chance to participate in the 13-Year-Old World Series.

Juniors Baseball Ages 13-15 (allowing 16 YO) is provided for players who wish to participate in baseball beyond the age of 12.  Players in this division are expected to be dedicated to their team practices and games.  Players in this division are typically working to improve their skills and overall team play in anticipation of playing high school baseball.  Players will work to improve their own skills and the overall level of team play. In this division, selected players may participate on post season teams and are eligible to enter tournament competition and move along the tournament trail, culminating in a World Series.

Babe Ruth Baseball - Ages 16-18: The highest and most accomplished level in Babe Ruth Baseball. A favorite among high school players and coaches, this division prepares players for collegiate recruiting and the professional draft.  This division allows players a chance to compete through a tournament trail to reach the 16-18-Year-Old World Series.

16-Year-Old Prep: The primary objective of the16-yearold prep program is to provide players the opportunity to stay involved in organized baseball while sharpening their skills against competition in their own age group. Any league franchised in 16-18 Babe Ruth Baseball may also choose to register a 16-Year-Old Prep League. 

Babe Ruth Softball Divisions 14-18

Instructional 4-6: players learn hitting and fielding fundamentals in a supportive team environment with an emphasis on fun and basic skill development.

Minors Softball 7-9: Players build and refine their fundamental skills while beginning to understand game strategy and teamwork. In most regions, participants first experience post-season tournament competition in this level.

Majors Softball 10-12: Players continue to work on skill development and a higher level of competition. 

Juniors Softball 13-15 Players in this division are typically working to improve their skills and overall team play in anticipation of playing high school softball.  Players will improve their own skills and the overall level of team play. In this division, selected players may participate on post season teams and are eligible to enter tournament competition and move along the tournament trail, culminating in a World Series.

Seniors 16-18 The highest and most accomplished level in Babe Ruth Softball. A favorite among high school players and coaches, this division prepares players for collegiate recruiting and the professional draft.  This division allows players a chance to compete through a tournament trail to reach the 16-18-Year-Old World Series.


What is the difference between Cal Ripken vs. Little League?

Cal Ripken offers a great chance for players to develop more baseball skills at a younger age -thus will help better prepare them for the Transition to the 60'6" pitching distance and 90' base paths at the high school level. The Cal Ripken / Babe Ruth system allows youngsters to learn and play Baseball with a gradual increase in the level of difficulty.

Cal Ripken vs. Little League
Base Paths: CR Progressive Bases vs. BR Static Bases
CR Bases move from 60' to 70' as player gets older vs. LL bases stay at 60' to age 13
Pitching Distance: CR Moves from 46' to 50' as player gets older vs. LL remains at 46' to age 13
Base Stealing: CR Players are able to take leads from bases vs. LL waiting for ball to cross the plate
Coaching & Training BR/CR CERTIFICATION: REQUIRED vs. LL NOT Required

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